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Old 05-28-2007, 07:59 PM   #1
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ISO Easy Bachelor Recipes

Someone very dear to us has just become a bachelor after quite a long time. At this point, his cooking abilities are pretty much limited to making salads, cooking spaghetti and grilling hamburgers or chicken breasts. He works retail so doesn't have the most regular schedule to cook meals, and I can't see him spending a day or part of a day making a bunch of stuff ahead.

I told him I'd put together a few pages of really basic recipes for him to try out when he's ready. I'd love your ideas on some easy, balanced meals he'd be able to prepare for himself.

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Old 05-28-2007, 08:13 PM   #2
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PA, your thread title really got my attention. I fully expected to find out how many bachelors it took to serve 6 or how to slow-cook a bachelor.

"Bachelor" cooking is akin to cooking for a college student or for 2. I'll have to give some thought to your request.
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Old 05-28-2007, 08:17 PM   #3
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it's been a commen theme around here lately, but a chili or soup may work. he could freeze it in portions and reheat as needed.
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Old 05-28-2007, 08:39 PM   #4
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Buy ground beef in 1/2 pound pkgs instead of 1 pound...I'll think about recipes...
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Old 05-28-2007, 09:05 PM   #5
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Stir-frys are usually pretty quick, easy and flavorful. There are a few different seasoning styles to choose from and left-overs are great.
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Old 05-28-2007, 09:18 PM   #6
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When I met my husband, his regular dinners included tacos, Johnsonville brats and take-out chinese. The website he quite liked was Cooking For Engineers - it is written by a guy and it has tons of recipes and how-to advice on it.

Cooking for one is hard, especially for someone who isn't used to cooking. I'll give some thought to easy recipes.
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Old 05-28-2007, 09:28 PM   #7
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Once he is used to cooking and becomes comfortable he will be surprised how "fancy" he can cook.

A pounded out chicken breast cooks quite quickly - and a sauce of dry sherry (not the cooking stuff), mushrooms, a bit of butter, and some spring onions makes a nice meal. Saute the mushrooms in some butter, once done remove from heat and add some sherry, reduce, add a bit more butter for silkiness and top on plate with spring onions.

A pear and bleu cheese salad with a basic red wine vinaigrette is quite tasty alone or with a grilled piece of chicken - again, pounded flat and sauteed in a pan makes a great meal. Garnish that salad with in-season blueberries too!
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Old 05-28-2007, 09:47 PM   #8
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,mmm let me see, PAbaker ....

- Shrimp scampi with already cooked/frozen shrimp; served with linguini and salad

- Chicken, ziti and broccoli with lots of garlic

- Pan-fried pork chops with vinegar peppers, baked potato and canned or frozen corn

- Grilled ham steak, store-prepared mashed potatos, frozen wax beans (I love this meal)

- Baked Buffalo chicken wings, celery and carrot sticks, bleu cheese dressing

- Meatloaf ( I LOVE Tempo meatloaf mix!), Success rice, frozen butternut squash

For starters.

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Old 05-28-2007, 10:05 PM   #9
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Sorry to hear about your friend's circumstance.

One quick thing I like to make is as follows:

Soft flour taco shells ( can be lightly warmed and browned in a pan)
sliced and sauteed chicken breast strips
Place the chicken on the warmed/browned taco shell, and some cheddar on top of the hot chicken, then add salsa, fresh spinach and fresh chopped tomatoe. Of course you can add any other veggies you love. This is so quick and easy, and very healthy too.

Side note: it's cheaper to buy whole chicken breasts and cut them into strips, rather than buying them precut. Freeze whatever chicken you dont use.
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Old 05-28-2007, 10:48 PM   #10
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Boneless pork chops seasoned on both sides with powdered BBQ seasonings, baked on an oiled baking sheet. Thin ones only take about 10 minutes or so on each side at 450. Sliced vegetables like potatoes, carrots, green beans, peppers, asparagus coated lightly with olive oil and seasoned with italian seasoning, garlic salt or rosemary. Bake at 450 until grilled a bit-about 15 to 20 minutes.

Quesadillas, wraps, reuben sandwiches
If he can do sphagetti, he can do fettucine and mac'ncheese and pasta salads
Good luck to him!
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